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Sciences Po Summer School (direct enroll)

The Sciences Po Summer School is an intensive, short-term academic programme featuring courses in both the social sciences and French language, is an excellent opportunity for students to discover Sciences Po over the course of the summer on our Paris campus. Nearly 200 students representing 43 nationalities participate in the program each year. Summer School participants may choose from either the social sciences track or the French language track.The Summer School is held in two separate sessions during the months of June and July.  Students have the choice to attend one or both sessions.

Academic programme and Credits: the Summer School offers two academic tracks, in social sciences and French language. Both tracks are available in each session of the Summer School. 

Social Sciences Track Overview
Students in the social sciences track choose one class of intensive study. Areas of study include international relations, political science, economics, history, and more.

Students have the option to take a class taught in either English or French. Candidates are required to demonstrate proof of their ability to successfully complete a course in the language of choice. You can review the full list of social sciences classes and syllabi.

Students in the social sciences track also have the possibility to take two optional courses at an additional cost.  The course is The History of France through Parisian Footprints.Students will study the history of France through excursions to historical sites and neighborhoods in Paris.

  • A social sciences core class (48 hours) = 4 ECTS/ 2 UMD credits
  • A social sciences optional History class (24 hours)= 2 ECTS/1 UMD credit

French Language Track Overview
Students who choose to study the French language at the Summer School have the unique advantage of learning at one of France’s most prestigious universities while being immersed in the daily routines of life in Paris.Students of the French language track take classes at one of six levels adapted to their knowledge of the French language.

  • A French language level (70 hours) = 5 ECTS/ 2.5 UMD credits

Applying: the Summer School is open to students from across the world.  The eligibility criteria and application procedure are detailed on the Summer School website. Candidates must apply first through the University of Maryland, meeting with the Education Abroad Regional Advisor for France, and then through the Sciences Po online application system.

NOTE: The Social Sciences Track offers supplemental French language courses at the Alliance Francaise, a non-degree granting institution from which UMD will not accept academic credit. Students seeking to earn academic credit for French language courses should plan to enroll in the French language track offered at Sciences Po, participating in either one or both sessions.

Whether they are preparing for an international career, considering a degree at Sciences Po, or simply intellectually curious, Summer School students benefit from this unique opportunity to discover Sciences Po, France’s leading university in the social sciences. Watch and learn more about Science Po's summer school here:


To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:

  1. Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
    This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
  2. Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.

After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2020 03/15/2020 01/01/2020